Façade of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Zurich Airport. Photo credit: @lerichti
At Radisson Blu we like to inspire people. And be inspired. So what better way than to organise an «Instameet» with a small group of Instagrammers. For us to showcase some design highlights at our Swiss hotels, for them to show us the beauty of Switzerland as a country in a creative and inspiring way. And with our paths crossing, magical visuals were being created and shared with the world.
#WhereRadissonBluTakesUs – Day 1
After welcoming our ten Instagrammers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Zurich Airport, the city center was our first destination.
Zurich Stadelhofen station: style
Originally built in 1894 in a neoclassical style reflecting the surrounding buildings, this important local railway station was rebuilt in the 1990s by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The principal challenge of this rebuild was to add a third track to the station. The station’s arcade is framed by sculptural arches and is naturally lit through glass blocks embedded on the platforms. Both station building and platforms are listed on the Swiss Inventory of Cultural Property of National Significance.
Pavillon Le Corbusier: color and forms
The Pavillon is the final construction piece of the world-famous Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier, located on the shore of Lake Zurich. Le Corbusier planned the «Gesamtkunstwerk» (or «total work of art») as exhibition space to showcase his artistic work. Today it is dedicated to the life and works of the architect. The roof seems to float above the rest of the building, almost like an umbrella. Colored slabs give the cube a rhythmic character from the outside.
Still frame from video by MAKANART
Lake Zurich: peace and quiet
The bent, almost banana-shaped Lake Zurich is bordered by the cantons of Zurich, St. Gallen and Schwyz. Whereas in the past the lake (as well as the river Limmat, which rises from it) was above all a route for traffic and transport, today it is a popular place for excursions. Homes along its shores are much sought after.
Photo credit: @konaction
Back at the hotel a Wine Angel Show followed by a delicious dinner at the Angel’s Wine Tower Grill awaited our Instagrammers.
Wine Tower. Photo credit: @lerichti
#WhereRadissonBluTakesUs – Day 2
An early rise for our Instagrammers on the second day of our Instameet. Would the sunrise allow us to play with the light and get creative?
Uetliberg: unbeatable view
At 2,850 feet above sea level, the Uetliberg towers over the rooftops of Zurich. The mountain affords an impressive panoramic view of the city, the lake and the Alps. The Uetliberg is particularly popular in November, as its summit is often above a blanket of fog that can cover the city at this time of year. In winter the hiking trails to the summit are converted into sledding runs. In summer, there’s plenty to discover on well-marked hiking routes, a mountain bike route and on the Planet Trail.
Photo credit: @borisbaldinger
University of Zurich Library: lines
The originally L-shaped library building dates from 1908 and was designed as a laboratory. Twenty years later, it was complemented with a further tract which is lower and angular in order to create a central courtyard. This extension was raised in height by the addition of a structure in steel and glass that accommodates the administration, book stores and reading rooms. The new law library was reopened in 2004; its creator is the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, who also designed the Zurich Stadelhofen station.